Hong Kong Street Life


Well I’ve finally managed to get round to start processing some of the photographs from my Hong Kong trip. An area I’ve always liked is Mong Kok, it’s vibrant, colourful and not so touristy as Tsim Sha Tsui and so we choose to base ourselves here during our holiday. But it wasn’t just a holiday. My son lives in Hong Kong, so it’s an ideal opportunity to catch up with him and spend a few weeks together. As I explained in an earlier blog post, this trip I was going to concentrate more on the people and the sights in the less touristy areas. Not for me the Harbour, the view from the Peak, or Symphony of Lights, keep that. Been there, done that, seen the film, got the tee-shirt.

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Mong Kok has several street markets and walking around them gives plenty of opportunities for street photography. Normally I would convert my street photographs to Black and White, but like I said Mong Kok is colourful so it seems appropriate to keep my photographs that way as well.

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Wandering around the market you can see stalls selling fish, meat, clothes, just about anything.

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To our standards in the UK this is very unhygienic. The butcher’s shop is open to the streets with people passing by all the time and yet it seems to be the norm as I saw several butchers shops like this. I’m not going to judge, I’m not buying but I must admit it does make for an interesting photograph.

Continuing through the market I found one of several fish vendors.

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Choose your fish and let the lady do, whatever she does. Hong Kong is a street photographers dream, so many interesting faces and as long as you’re discreet you can catch some good photographs. All I did here was keep my camera low and as I walked about I just fired off the shutter. Face-detection, if you’ve got it helps and a reasonably fast shutter speed.

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I’m not sure if I got busted here, but the gentleman didn’t say anything so I just carried on walking. generally I found most people were more interested in going about their business rather than paying attention to me.

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As well a the larger stalls, you find the smaller ones like this. I really love the eclectic mix of vendors that you can find in the market.

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And now for something a bit different. A jeweller’s shop just a short distance from the market. Twenty four Karat gold. It’s too yellow for me. They tell you the weight, not the price. You have to go into the shop and find out what the price is that day.

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Well that’s it. This is just a small selection of the photographs I took whilst I was on holiday. I hope it gives you an insight into street markets in Hong Kong.

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24 thoughts on “Hong Kong Street Life

  1. sjones987 January 12, 2016 / 19:18

    Incredible photos Mike. It looks a fabulously vibrant place and nice to see something other than the usual tourist shots.

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    • Mike Hardisty January 12, 2016 / 19:33

      I took very few touristy photos this trip, Sharon. Mom Kok is brilliant for street and that’s what I wanted this time.

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    • Mike Hardisty January 13, 2016 / 10:19

      Thanks Adrian. I took loads this trip and I’ve still got to plough through the ones from Macau

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    • Mike Hardisty January 13, 2016 / 10:21

      A long time ago we spoke about taking photo’s in the street, Patti, and I said I didn’t have he confidence. Nowadays I really enjoy it thanks to some great information and help from a photographer called Matt Hart.

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      • Patti Kuche January 13, 2016 / 12:45

        That’s so good to hear Mike and I love the natural way you have with you in the street, the confidence comes through. Have fun out there, wherever you are!

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  2. Jane Lurie January 12, 2016 / 22:50

    Hi Mike- You’ve captured some classic market scenes – so vibrant and busy. Great post.

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    • Mike Hardisty January 13, 2016 / 10:22

      Thanks Jane. I love Hong Kong and the markets. So much to photograph and experience as well.

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    • Mike Hardisty January 13, 2016 / 10:32

      My son lives out there, so we try and go every couple of years. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

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    • Mike Hardisty January 13, 2016 / 10:34

      Shot from hotel through the window Timothy. I just turned off all the lights and got the lens as close to the window as possible. Thank you for taking the time to visit and comment and I’m glad you liked the photographs

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  3. petspeopleandlife January 13, 2016 / 02:23

    Very impressive. Such a mix of faces, goods and wares. Can’t believe all that gold. Incredible. It seems they like their gold. I’m like you. Gold seems gaudy.

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    • Mike Hardisty January 13, 2016 / 10:23

      Gold and Jade, Yvonne and there are jewellers shops like this all over Hong Kong.

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      • petspeopleandlife January 14, 2016 / 05:03

        There must be plenty of money in HK for all the high dollar stuff.

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  4. arv! January 13, 2016 / 12:20

    Across Asia, specially south east Asian countries – meat is sold in open, maybe cart or street side shops! This is a standard feature in this region!

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    • Mike Hardisty January 13, 2016 / 14:03

      I thought it was. It just seems so strange coming from the UK where we are bound by laws that sometimes go to far I think.

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      • arv! January 13, 2016 / 14:31

        Mike…It’s the way of life here in Asia! I can’t imagine where poor people will go, if these street vendors disappear (thanks to some law, restricting their practice)!!

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  5. Norma (Through My Eyes) January 13, 2016 / 12:23

    Fascinating place and thanks for the street photography tip. I’ve always been too shy to take street photos but I’ll give it a go using your method 🙂

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    • Mike Hardisty January 13, 2016 / 14:04

      Nice crowded shopping centre, You’ll get some failures, I always do, but you’ll also get some keepers.

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    • Mike Hardisty January 22, 2016 / 19:20

      It’s a great place and a photographers dream

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